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Old 12-19-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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cycling question

ok I just got 12 pounds of LR and according to the lfs he says it's cured... I put it in the tank and waited a few hours and did my first water test (mind you I've had LS in there for a couple days already.

here are my results
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nh3-.25
no2- .25
no3- 5.0
sg -1.021
water temp at 79


since there is a hint of nh3 should I go ahead and add a couple uncooked shrimp in the tank to get that nh3 spike or just wait it out a couple days an re test? thanks!
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:35 AM   #2
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sory for asking....is that nh3 = ammonia...???
u can just add a pinch of fish food or a raw shrimp into that tank for start the cycle...how did the the LR transported..??? fully submerged with saltwater...??? if so it might be cured LR....
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nh3 is ammonia. I don't want to put the shrimp in if I don't have to...
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:58 AM   #4
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u might want to add a pinch of fish food...its to cycle the tank...some ppl said maintain it at 1-4ppm for a week or 2.....if u dont want to add any of that, try to search for any other suppliment such BioZyme etc for starter...
if u still dont read any article on how to start cycling process, have some time to read it which might make u understand better why we need to do water cycle...
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no problem at all.....sharing is caring...LOL
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:20 AM   #7
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I'd wait it out. Re-test and post. Cured LR won't let the ammonia go up too high. I wouldn't add any supplement at all either.
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As Ray said if the LR is really cured you wont see the ammonia go up too much if all. But you will need to feed the bacteria to keep it going. Maybe a pinch of flakes will do.
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I too would add a pinch of flakes and see if that causes any increase in NH3. Also check the nitratrites for any rise.

How big is the tank? 12 pounds of LR is good for a small nano, but you really want 1 - 2 pounds of rack per gallon of tank capacity as your biological filtration.

If you are doing FO then the SG is ok, otherwise get it up to the 1.024 - 1.026 range.
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so i went back to my lfs and returned the hydrometer and got the refractometer and wow!!! what a difference!! the hydrometer was off by .04

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